Report finding a stray animal

You can help return a stray animal to its owner.


Step 1

If you find a friendly animal

  • If it seems safe to approach, you can look for a collar and ID tags. If you find a phone number on a pet's tags, you can contact the owner and let them know you found their pet.
  • If you can't find tags or are not comfortable looking, bring the animal to our shelter. We will:
    • Check for tags
    • Scan for a microchip
    • Work to reunite the animal with its owners
  • If you cannot hold onto the animal while looking for its owner, contact 311.

If you find an unfriendly or unsafe animal

If the animal does not seem safe to approach, contact 311 and make a report.

If an animal is sick or injured

  • If you find an injured or sick animal, contact 311 and we will respond.
  • If the owner is present, it's their responsibility to get treatment for their pet.
  • If the owner is unable or unwilling to do this, they can give us ownership of the animal.


Step 2

Ask around

Stray pets often live close to where you find them. Let people in the area know you are looking for the pet's owner.

  • Knock on doors.
  • Walk the pet around the area.
  • Ask people you see if they know the pet and its owner.


Step 4

Fill out and submit a found animal report

Pet Harbor will email you if matching animals are reported to be lost.

We also recommend posting on your social media sites.


Contact us

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control






Animal Care & Control
212 17th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Shelter hours

Pet adoption: Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday hours are extended until 7:00 p.m.

Closed on City holidays

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No scheduled appointment times are needed for pet adoptions.
Other services: Use our appointment scheduler

Minneapolis 311


7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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